When it comes time to get stuff done, how good are you at being really productive?
Can you buckle down and knock out work?
Or do you start something and get distracted by something else…and then something else…and then before you know it you’re on your third BuzzFeed quiz?
It’s really hard to stay focused these days, isn’t it?
If you work in an office, you’ve got people who need things from you. You’ve got the phone ringing. You’ve got the black hole of the internet at your fingertips.
How in the world do you stay on task with all that going on?
If you’re at home, it’s probably worse. At home you’re constantly making decisions on the fly about what tasks are more important than others.
Can the dirty diaper wait until the pasta is done cooking? Can the barking dog wait until two more checks get written?
The end result is that many of us get to the end of the day feeling like we didn’t make much progress at all.
We don’t feel like we have anything to show for the day.
And that doesn’t feel very good, right?
Unfortunately, that’s how a lot of days feel for me.
But this week, I found the fix.
When I found the fix, I immediately started seeing better results in my work.
I was getting more done.
I was feeling less stress.
I could see what needed to be done now and what needed to be done next.
I didn’t get distracted.
I was so happy.
So what was this magic fix?
It’s so simple it’s stupid.
I honestly can’t believe I needed to hear it from someone before I used it.
So here’s the story.
Earlier this week I decided to catch up on Justin Wise’s Think Digital podcast.
In his episode #222 called “”Building Your Business with a System of Systems” he talks about all the, well, systems you need to have a healthy business.
Just like that, it clicked.
Go check out the podcast, but in short, I grabbed on to a few key ideas.
The two key ideas that rocked my work:
- The pomodoro technique
- The post-it note system